One of the best things you can learn as a new mommy is a how to give a tummy massage for your baby!
I am the blessed mama of five children, and every one of my babies had tummy troubles.
Every. Single. One.
Thankfully, I discovered this simple tummy massage when our first baby was an infant, and used it for each of my little ones.
This massage is so effective for relieving discomfort caused by gas, colic, and constipation. I want to show you a super simple way to love on your little baby and help relieve his or her tummy ache.
The cute little guy in those pictures is my oldest son at about three months old. He sure loved his tummy massaged!
2. With the palm of your hand near the top of Baby’s rib cage, bring your hand down in a sweeping motion, gently pressing his tummy. The point is to work any air (gas) down and out, as well as to relieve any built-up pressure.
Repeat this motion several times before going on to the next step, which is-
3. Place your finger tips over Baby’s belly button area and massage gently and slowly in a clock-wise, circular motion. Continue for 30 seconds or so. This helps Baby pass any gas that is on his tummy, and also helps stimulate his bowls if he is constipated.
4. Lastly, take hold of Baby’s ankles and gently press his legs toward his chest and hold for a few seconds. Repeat several times. You can also “pedal” his legs (as if he’s riding a bicycle), and alternate the two motions.
I usually repeated all of the steps several times until it was obvious that my baby’s tummy was feeling better. (It usually only took a few minutes.)
The only times my babies didn’t enjoy the massage was if their tummy was very gassy from crying, colic, etc, or if he was constipated. (You can usually tell this by gently probing the stomach area with your finger tips, which will feel hard to the touch.)
If your baby is too upset or his tummy hurts too much to give the massage, try giving him a dose of Gripe Water first.
After giving a dose of Gripe Water, hold your baby in an upright position, as if you are trying to burp him, and gently pat his back. The air in his tummy will usually come up or out within a few minutes and you can try the tummy massage again.
Infant Massage: A Handbook for Loving Parents is an excellent resource!
These days, I’m raising a teenager, middle school kiddos and two little boys who are well past their babyhood. Although the babies years are behind me, I haven’t forgotten the many challenges, questions, and needs that young moms face.
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Have any of you tried this tummy massage on your baby?
Do you have any other tips for soothing a baby’s tummy troubles?
Kristy Howard is a pastor’s wife, second-generation homeschooling mom of five, and a passionate believer in friendship, coffee, and quiet time! Kristy writes about motherhood, ministry and life at KristysCottage.com.